Healthier Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

These raspberry cheesecake swirl brownies are a healthier version of the famous brownies from Baked!

Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies made healthier. Adapted from the famous Baked brownies! From texanerin.com

2/7/14 – Congratulations to Abbie J. on winning the giveaway! :)

Right after Christmas, Betsy from Java Cupcake came up to Berlin and of course, we had to bake! As you can imagine, the opportunity to bake with another American food blogger in Germany doesn’t come up very often. ;)

We thought it’d be fun to make two versions of the same recipe. I went with 100% whole wheat and a little less sugar and Betsy went with the traditional, all-purpose flour way. It took a while, but we finally decided on the Baked brownie! Or rather, a raspberry cheesecake brownie based off the ones from Baked!

The Baked brownies, which were featured as one of Oprah’s favorite things, were all the rage in the blogging world a few years ago but I made them and wasn’t all that impressed. They were good but I preferred an adaption of these brownies from Allrecipes. Adding the raspberry cheesecake topping to the Baked brownies made a world of difference! And these were so much more fudgy. I’m guessing I might have taken the brownies out of the oven a little too early (whoops ;)) but they were absolutely perfect the way they were.

Healthier Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies adapted from the famous Baked brownies! From texanerin.com

When I adapt a recipe from somewhere, other than using 100% whole wheat (or making it grain-free), I normally change the butter to coconut oil and reduce the sugar by a ton and use coconut sugar. But because I had a special guest and limited time to bake, I didn’t want to risk the chance of having these turn out cakey! So I didn’t bother with coconut oil and I didn’t reduce the sugar all that much. You could definitely reduce the sugar a little more, if you like. Just don’t go wild (unless cakey brownies are something you enjoy). And I’m assuming coconut oil would work but I’m not guaranteeing anything. :) So these aren’t exactly healthy cheesecake brownies but they are healthier!

We made several changes to the recipe, like leaving out the tiny bit of cocoa powder, using an 8″x8″ instead of a 9″x13″ and adding a little more egg yolk (just because we didn’t want to mess with half an egg!) One change I’d make next time is to leave out the espresso powder. Normally you add espresso powder to chocolate brownies or cake to enhance the chocolate flavor, but on the second day, I could definitely taste the espresso powder in these. In my opinion, raspberry and espresso aren’t the best fit so I’ve left it out of the recipe.

Healthier Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies based on the Baked brownie! From texanerin.com

And if the cheesecake topping is too fussy for you, just skip it and bake the brownies for 20 – 25 minutes.

For the more traditional version, check out Betsy’s post: Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies

And by the way, nobody could tell a difference between the all-purpose and 100% whole wheat version in these healthier raspberry cheesecake brownies! If you’ve never baked with whole grains before, here’s the perfect recipe to start with. :)

Betsy + Erin

It’s us! :D

AND we’re having a giveaway for a lot of Berlin goodies! Betsy picked up all these things while in Berlin and loved them so much that she thought that it’d be a nice collection of things to give away. My only idea contribution to this whole shebang was the Viba nougat. Nougat isn’t like the nougat we know in Snicker’s, Milky Way, etc. This stuff is ridiculously creamy and hazelnutty. Think of Nutella in stick form but SO much better. Less sweet and more delicious! I’ve given a lot of people German chocolate and the hands down favorite has been Viba. When I went to the US this summer, I had over 20 pounds of Viba with me because some people just don’t want anything else. I have to be well stocked. :D

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THE PRIZES:

Have you ever heard of the Ampelmann? He’s the character on all the stop lights in East Berlin. He’s pretty famous here. So, we’re giving you a set of Ampelmann cookie cutters!

Ampelmann Cookie Cutters

The Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower are two iconic landmarks in Berlin. Everyone who visits this great city goes to see them. And now, you can enjoy these landmarks in cookie form with the Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower cookie cutters!

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate and TV Tower Cookie Cutters | JavaCupcake.com

The Swiss chocolates from Lindt are sold world-wide but they have their own little store in Berlin. And I happen to walk directly past it every time I go to work! I somehow never actually went in there until I picked up the grinders for this giveaway. And now I want to go in there EVERY time I go to work. Anyway, you’ll get two grinders from there! One is chocolate and sugar and the other is chocolate and espresso.

Lindt Grinders | JavaCupcake.com

Ritter Sport is a 100 year old chocolate company based out of Germany. Ritter recently opened a store in Berlin where you can have a bar of chocolate handmade for you with your favorite mix-ins. You will get two hand made bars from the Ritter store with the following mix-ins: Milk Chocolate, Biscuit Bits & Mini Marshmallows AND Dark Chocolate, Strawberry Pieces & Hazelnut. So yum!

Handmade Ritter Sport Chocolate Bars from Berlin, Germany | JavaCupcake.com

And finally… the Viba nougat! You’ll get 4 Praline dark nougat Bars and a 3-pack of Classic nougat Bars!

Viba Nougat Bars | JavaCupcake.com

Healthier Raspberry Cheesecake Swirl Brownies

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Healthier Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies
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  • Yield: 16 brownies

Ingredients

    For the brownies:

  • 6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet or dark chocolate
  • ½ cup (113 grams) butter
  • ¾ cup (112 grams) coconut sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup + 1 tablespoon (70 grams) whole wheat flour or whole spelt flour
  • For the cheesecake topping:

  • 8 ounces (225 grams) cream cheese
  • ⅓ cup (66 grams) sugar
  • 1 egg
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup frozen berries, defrosted + 1 tablespoon sugar

Directions

  1. First, prepare the cheesecake filling. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, egg and vanilla.
  2. In a small bowl, mash the defrosted berries with the sugar. It should be fairly fluid and not lumpy. You could also use an immersion blender here. Set the two bowls aside.
  3. Preheat the oven to 350°F (176°C). Line an 8"x8" pan with parchment paper.
  4. In a small pot over low heat, melt the chocolate and butter. Stir occasionally.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and mix in the sugar. Let it sit for a few minutes or until room temperature.
  6. One by one, whisk in the eggs and egg yolk. Stir just until combined! Add in the vanilla and salt.
  7. Fold the flour into the chocolate mixture, just until no streaks of flour remain. Do not over mix or your brownies will be cakey!
  8. Pour the batter into the pan and spoon the cheesecake batter on top of the brownie batter.
  9. Dollop tablespoons of the mashed raspberries on top of the cheesecake batter and using a toothpick or a knife, swirl the raspberries into the cheesecake batter.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out mostly clean (it shouldn't be totally wet).
  11. Cool the brownies in the pan and then lift them out using the parchment paper.
  12. Cut the brownies and place in an airtight container.
  13. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Adapted from Baked: New Frontiers in Baking, as seen on The Baked Brownie by Browned Eyed Baker

Recipe by  | www.texanerin.com

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178 comments on “Healthier Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies” — Add one!

  • Indre @ cupcakesnmiracles
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    February 16, 2014 @ 7:45 pm

    This brownie looks so good. Started to wait season of raspberries!

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  • Claudia
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    February 7, 2014 @ 7:55 am

    I moved to Brandenburg a couple of years ago – but with two mini children at home, I hardly ever get to Berlin. From my spare visits, I recall Hackesche Höfe the most.
    And if I had the free choice – I would travel to Hamburg, no better live there again!
    Liebgruß, Claudia

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    • Erin replies to Claudia
      February 7, 2014 @ 9:55 pm

      Brandenburg?! Interesting! Are you German? And Hackesche Höfe is nice. They have excellent ice cream there. :)

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  • Charlene Kuser says
    February 7, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    I have never been to Germany.I would love to visit Frankfurt.

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  • Sand says
    February 7, 2014 @ 7:42 am

    No, never but growing up I had several friends from Germany because I grew up in a military town with a strong German military presence. I’d love to visit the entire country!

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    • Erin replies to Sand
      February 7, 2014 @ 10:07 pm

      I hope you get a chance to visit! Maybe visit some old German friends. :)

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  • Cheryl Reinhardt says
    February 7, 2014 @ 5:31 am

    I have never been to Germany…. I guess I would want to go to Frankfurt Germany

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  • Trisha McKee says
    February 7, 2014 @ 5:05 am

    I have never been but would love to see Berlin.

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  • laurie says
    February 7, 2014 @ 4:19 am

    I have never been to Germany I don’t know where I would go

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  • MarieLynn says
    February 7, 2014 @ 2:20 am

    I would like to visit, Neuschwanstein Castle in Schengau, Germany.

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  • Sherry says
    February 7, 2014 @ 1:51 am

    I haven’t been to Berlin, but I have lived in Germany years ago for three years when my Dad was in the military, I loved it there

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  • Carolina Herrera says
    February 7, 2014 @ 1:23 am

    Never been in Berlin, will love to visit there!!!

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  • tina reynolds says
    February 7, 2014 @ 1:09 am

    I have been to munich germany and loved loved loved it I hope some day to explore more of germany

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  • Cassie says
    February 7, 2014 @ 12:56 am

    These German treats look so fun! I have been to Germany several times, and loved Berlin! My favorite part might have been the delicious German breakfasts we would have. And of course, I stocked up on delicious chocolate treats to bring home. As a child, my cousin used to always bring me back the kinder surprise eggs!

    The Berlin centric cookie cutters are adorable! I have an Ammpelman bottle opener and bag, but a cookie cutter is way cuter!!

    Love your posts and recipes!

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    • Erin replies to Cassie
      February 7, 2014 @ 10:06 pm

      Hi, Cassie! Thanks for your kind comment. So happy that you like the recipes! I don’t think I’ve ever had a special German breakfast. My German only eats loads of bread for breakfast so I’m not really sure what a German breakfast actually consists of. ;) And getting Kinder eggs from Germany as a child must have been amazing! Lucky girl, you were. :)

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  • sumayah aldakheel
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    February 7, 2014 @ 12:55 am

    I have never been to either but I would love to go!

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    • Erin replies to sumayah aldakheel
      February 7, 2014 @ 10:08 pm

      I hope you’ll get the chance to visit! It’s a beautiful place. :)

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  • Vikki Billings says
    February 7, 2014 @ 12:46 am

    I have not been to Germany, I would love to see Berlin.

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  • Pam C says
    February 7, 2014 @ 12:26 am

    I have never been to Berlin. I would love to travel all over Germany and especially go to where my family is from Schleswig-Holstein

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  • Becca from ItsYummi says
    February 7, 2014 @ 12:20 am

    I’ve never been to Berlin. I’d love to get a breathtaking view of the mountains!

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  • Wendy R. says
    February 7, 2014 @ 12:13 am

    I have been to Berlin! Only briefly, but they had these great bear statues that artists had adapted, and I loved finding them throughout the city. That and currywurst.

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  • Marnely Rodriguez-Murray says
    February 6, 2014 @ 11:57 pm

    Bavaria – isn’t that where Bavarian cream was born!? ;)

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  • Amanda P says
    February 6, 2014 @ 11:55 pm

    Never been, but I would love to go anywhere in Germany.

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  • Sharon Solly says
    February 6, 2014 @ 11:45 pm

    I have never been to Germany. I do so want to go as I hear it is gorgeous not to mention the great food! No particular city really.

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  • Dorothy Deakyne says
    February 6, 2014 @ 11:24 pm

    I never been to Germany, but would love to see Berlin

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  • Abby says
    February 6, 2014 @ 9:53 pm

    I’ve been to Germany, but I was young so I remember very little of it! I’d love to go to Berlin.

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  • Haley @Cupcakes and Sunshine says
    February 6, 2014 @ 8:41 pm

    I’ve never been to berlin, but I have been to Munich!

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  • joseph gersch says
    February 6, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    i have never been to berlin

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  • lori clark says
    February 6, 2014 @ 5:49 am

    I have never been to berlin but I have been to meinz and weisbaden for a year! I saw marksburg castle and the rhine river it was gorgeous!

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    • Erin replies to lori clark
      February 6, 2014 @ 8:50 pm

      That sounds amazing! I want to visit a castle, too. :)

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  • Jae Park
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    February 6, 2014 @ 5:15 am

    I’ve never been to Germany, but would love to see Munich in the spring. Thanks!

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  • Melanie Comello says
    February 6, 2014 @ 4:37 am

    Yes I have, years and years ago, and my favorite part was the Berliners a jam filled donut like thing lol.

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    • Erin replies to Melanie Comello
      February 6, 2014 @ 8:43 pm

      Hahaha. Try calling that a donut in Germany and they’ll tell you, “No! It’s not a donut! Donuts have holes in them!” Lol. :D

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  • Laurie Emerson says
    February 6, 2014 @ 3:59 am

    I have never been to Germany, but I would love to see Berlin.

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  • KT says
    February 5, 2014 @ 9:51 pm

    Thanks for the fun giveaway! My daughter will study abroad in Belgium and travel to Germany this fall. She would be so excited if we win.

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  • Rebecca Lock says
    February 5, 2014 @ 9:41 pm

    I have not been to Berlin but I would like to go to Germany to visit the exchange student that was here last semester.

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  • Erica C. says
    February 5, 2014 @ 9:27 pm

    Never been to Berlin, but I’ve been to Belgium.

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  • susan smoaks says
    February 5, 2014 @ 8:34 pm

    i haven’t ever been to berlin but i would love to go. i am part german. i am tony l smoaks on rafflecopter.

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